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Rance: Hikari o Motomete

Moby ID: 18679
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The player takes the role of Rance, a young guy who works in a private investigator's office. One day, the boss has a new assignment. A girl named Hikari, a student in Paris High School, has been missing for several days. The player's job is to find the girl and to report whatever mysterious circumstances the player might encounter during the investigation.

Rance: Hikari o Motomete is a role-playing game with hentai (erotic) elements. The game is viewed from first person perspective and is controlled via a menu. The player may navigate the character in the city by choosing directions ("go north", etc.), examining locations and entering buildings. Outside, the player also battles monsters. Battles are turn-based and monsters appear on the same screen the player see before engaging in combat. The player can equip weapons and armor, use items, and gain experience points from combat.


  • ランス 光をもとめて - Japanese spelling

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Credits (PC-98 version)

16 People

Scenario (シナリオ)
Scenario Support (シナリオ協力)
  • Many Others [その他 大勢]
Graphics (グラフィック)
  • Hakase [はかせ]
  • Takoyaki-kun (credited as Kaori-chan (Takoyaki-kun)) (かおりちゃん (たこやきくん))
Monster Graphics (モンスターグラフィック)
  • TADA
  • Rika-chan [りかちゃん]
  • Hide-san (ひでさん)
Music (音楽)
  • Ichitaro (一太郎)
  • KITA-chan [KITAちゃん]
Debug (デバッグ)
  • Rika-chan [りかちゃん]
  • Plum Field (プラムフィールド)
  • PD.
  • Many Others [その他 大勢]
Program (プログラム)
  • Shigeshige (しげしげ)
  • TADA
  • KITA-chan [KITAちゃん]
Machines (お機械)
  • PC-9801VX41 [Kaori-chan (香織ちゃん)]
  • X68000PRO [Yukiko-chan (雪子ちゃん)]
  • PC-9801VM2 [Kazumi-chan (和美ちゃん)]
  • PC-88VA [Alisia (アリシア)]
  • PC-8801MR [Tossed in NEC's garbage can. (NECのごみ箱に捨てられた。)]
Development Manager (開発責任者)



Average score: 3.1 out of 5 (based on 5 ratings with 1 reviews)

This software helped me get a girlfriend!

The Good
The summary is a lie. It's a game you get instead of a girlfriend. The game has cute character design and some funny dialogue, sometimes almost of LucasArts quality. The combination of a typical fantasy quest and the quest for Rance to get laid with every woman he meets works fine at times. The fact that you can at any time rape your assistant could be regarded as a bonus, especially in case you get stuck. Of course, real heroes don't rape 16 year old girls.

The Bad
The main interface is not very clever, and the conversations are mostly automatic. The fact that you are displayed an overview of the town you're in, but only given text indications of where you are makes navigation needlessly difficult. It's been a while since I drew a map of a game, and it shouldn't be needed in this case, since a town is not the same thing as a dungeon.

Seing the world through the eyes of Rance is not always very funny, since he is basically a bastard. As long as you can keep the distance to him, it remains funny, but it is difficult to interact with the game through such a character. On the other hand, that is a basic problem with computer games, namely the interface between the player himself (or perhaps herself) and the player on the screen. Personality is required, but gets in the way. A game with a more interactive dialogue could have made Rance more likable.

Oh, and the music is absolutely worthless.

The Bottom Line
Are you tired of RPGs where you can't have sex? Get a game from Alicesoft. It appeals both to those who like RPGs, and those who like sex.

MSX · by Игги Друге (46654) · 2006


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Game added by Unicorn Lynx.

Sharp X68000 added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】.

Game added August 8, 2005. Last modified May 19, 2024.